Woman Arrested after Doing Donuts in Bi-Lo Parking Lot

35-year-old Miranda Marks, of a Josh Ward Rd address in Lyerly, was arrested last Wednesday in Summerville after allegedly doing burnouts and donuts in her vehicle in the parking lot of the old Summerville Bi-Lo.

A Summerville police officer identified a 2002 Ford Sport Trac that fit the description of a vehicle that was reportedly driving erratically in and around the Summerville McDonald’s parking lot. The driver had allegedly almost hit several vehicles going through the McDonald’s drive-thru. The officer spotted the Ford driving erratically through the Jack’s and Marvin’s parking lots, eventually fishtailing onto Commerce Street.

According to the officer’s report, when he pulled over driver Miranda Marks, she began screaming profanities at the officer and repeatedly screaming, “They put hands on my son.” Marks repeatedly tried to resist the officer’s attempts to conduct a field sobriety test and his attempts to handcuff her. Eventually, additional officers were called and Marks was pinned down against a patrol car by one officer while another handcuffed her.

At the county jail, Marks admitted that she was too drunk to drive and was charged with DUI alcohol, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct.

A mugshot is not available for Miss Marks.

Truck Town Reports 4 Stolen Tags

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Last Tuesday, one of the owners/proprietors of Truck Town in Summerville called 911.

The complainant reported that 4 tags had been stolen from vehicles owned by the used car store.

The license plates numbers are: ZCH962, DL86C12, ZCI462, DL86C13.

Woman Arrested for DUI Alcohol

According to records released yesterday form the Summerville Police Department, 56-year-old Cynthia Strawn was arrested in Summerville earlier this month on a DUI charge.

On September 9th around 1:30 PM, a Summerville police officer arrived at the Hwy 114 Dollar General after a report was called in of a man hitting a woman while telling her to get get in his vehicle. The woman, Cynthia Clack, had left her silver Ford truck beside the ice house and left with the man, according to the complainant. The officer ran the tag of the truck, and it came back registered to 68-year-old Ralph Philip Clack.

The Clacks were pulled over shortly thereafter in a black SUV only about 2 miles south of the Dollar General (going toward Lyerly on Hwy. 114). Mrs. Clack was pulled aside and was unsteady on her feet, according to the officer’s notes. The officer noted that she smelled of alcohol and spat out several Tic-Tacs while speaking to him.

Mrs. Clack told the officer that she and Mr. Clack had driven to Coley’s Body Shop to pick up the SUV and that she followed him to the Dollar Store in the truck. Clack denied being in any kind of argument with Mr. Clack but said that someone may have heard him yelling on the phone while she was meeting him at Dollar General. After showing several signs of being intoxicated, Clack told the officer she had drank bourbon the night before but insisted that she was not impaired. However, Mrs. Clack ultimately failed a “walk and turn” sobriety test, showing 6 clues. She also had a temporary driver’s license that was still in her maiden name, Strawn.

Mrs. Clack was booked into the Chattooga County jail on the charges of DUI alcohol and driving on a suspended/revoked license. She had been deemed a habitual violator but had not yet been served.

Mr. Clack was also arrested on the scene on the charge of driving an unregistered vehicle and for driving with a suspended license.

Former Hays Prison Inmate Arrested For Murder

A Hays State Prison inmate who was just released from prison in May of this year was arrested earlier this month on murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed a twenty-six-year-old Hispanic woman from Conyers, Georgia.

Trinity Wayne Bussler was arrested in connection with the shooting death of the Conyers woman after authorities found him hiding in a home off Old Covington Highway in DeKalb County.

Bussler, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections, was released from Hays State Prison in May after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for burglary, criminal trespass, theft by taking and false imprisonment. The crimes were committed in Rockdale County between May 2010 and April 2011.

The victim was identified as Yaritza Cerda.  Cerda’s family told a Hispanic news outlet that Busller and Cerda had met on Facebook and that Cerda had “fallen hopelessly in love” with Bussler.  Cerda’s mother said that she had warned her daughter about meeting with Bussler saying that “she feared for her (daughter’s) life.”

Reports indicated that Bussler shot Cerda in the head.  The motive for the murder has not been established.

Bussler was arrested in DeKalb County on September 1 and charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, firearm used by a convicted felon during the commission of felonies and two counts of felony violation of probation.

(Compiled Sources)

Chattooga Library Events for October

Check out all of the Chattooga County Library’s upcoming events for the month of October:

Summerville Gas Dept. Responds To Gas Leak In Floyd County

The Summerville Gas Department was called to the scene of a minor gas leak on Tuesday on Old Summerville Road in Floyd County.

It is believed that the gas leak was a result of storm damage from late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Reports indicated that Old Summerville Road was closed in the 2600 block, between Depot Road and Little Texas Valley Road, due to a downed tree on Old Summerville Road.

The Floyd County Police Department, Rome Fire Department and Summerville Gas Department were all on the scene while the cleanup and repairs were going on.


Walker & Dade County Get New Extension Agent

A new UGA Extension Agent is on the job in Northwest Georgia.  Wade Hutcheson has taken over the job that serves both Walker and Dade Counties.

Hutcheson comes to Northwest Georgia from Spalding County, but he has ties to Northwest Georgia as well.  Hutcheson attended Berry College and is engaged to his fiance who is from Chattooga County.

Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas had been assisting the Walker / Dade County Extension Office since the retirement of Norman Edwards.  Edwards had also served as Chattooga County Extension Agent prior to Thomas taking over the position.

The Walker County Extension Office is located at the corner of South Duke Street and East Napier Street in LaFayette.  The Dade County Extension Office is located on Pace Drive in Trenton.

CHS One Tribe Night This Wednesday

Chattooga High School will host One Tribe Night this Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30-6:30pm. The event will focus on science and parents and community members will have an opportunity to participate in science experiments with their students. Food will be served from 5:30-5:45 and a presentation will take place at 5:45. The event is free and parents, students, and community.members are encouraged to attend.

BRAG Coming Through Summerville

The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia’s US Bicycle Route 21 is covering 160+ miles from Chattanooga to Atlanta September 28 – 30. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing a network of officially numbered interstate bicycle routes that connect America’s cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Georgia recently joined the USBRS by designating a system of roads and trails as US Bike Route 21. In Conjunction with the Georgia DOT, The Atlanta Falcons, and Northside Hospital, BRAG is hosting the second annual ride.

The City of Summerville will proudly host this group of avid cyclists in Dowdy Park on Friday, September 28 for its third year. The group of cyclists will be arriving in Summerville at their own pace between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. and have a great weekend of activities planned. Each day participants will have a ride in the morning that continues into the afternoon, followed by entertainment from their host town in the evening.

Riders will begin their journey at Tennessee River Park on Friday morning, where they will travel 59.4 miles from Chattanooga to Summerville at an elevation of 2,416 ft. Along the route there will be SAG support vehicles, They can be identified by the yellow BRAG flags they will be flying from the windows.

Riders will spend the day in Summerville, camping out in Dowdy Park. During their stay they will have the opportunity to tour Paradise Garden, enjoy an educational class, board a shuttle to local restaurants, shop local retail, and enjoy a concert in Dowdy Park.

Summerville Council Narrows Search For City Manager

Story by WZQZ’s Kevin Dooley

At last night’s special called Summerville City Council meeting, the council gave updates on the progress in hiring a new city manager.

After receiving 28 applications for the city manager position, the council narrowed down the applicants list to their preferred 5 on the 19th of this month. They plan to slim the list down to 3 by the end of this week, at which point they will begin contacting those three people to schedule interviews and get permission to run background checks. Mayor Harry Harvey is looking to have the interviews with the top 3 all take place within the time span of 2-3 days to keep each applicant fresh on the council’s mind when evaluating the others.

Councilmen Money and Martin both requested that the interviews be on a Monday and Tuesday, which the mayor said he will try to make happen if it does not conflict with the applicants.

City attorney Albert Palmour is currently drafting the contract for the applicant who is ultimately offered the job. The projected, tentative date for beginning final contract negotiations is October 16. However, the council is legally required to announce the names of the top 3 applicants being considered to the public at least 14 days before the final person is hired. The advertised salary range for the position is $82,000-100,000, but mayor Harvey said that the city can afford slightly more than that if they feel that the person is worth the investment.

The council also decided not to reimburse applicants coming in from out of town for travel expenses. Mayor Harvey said that the main reason to do is because it is not uncommon for other municipalities to do so, so the council would essentially be keeping up with competitors. However, no one on the council expressed any interest in offering the reimbursement. Councilman Pariss said that he felt like the expenses of looking for a job fall on that person and that travel expenses are just part of the investment; the entire council nodded their heads and no motion was passed, killing the proposal.

Today Is National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day.  No matter which way you lean politically, one thing we all can agree on is that it is important to vote – and in order to do that you need to be sure that you are registered to vote.

There are a number of important statewide races on the ballot in November and Chattooga County voters will also be choosing three school board candidates for the Chattooga County Board of Education.

Americans across the nation celebrate this National Day on the fourth Tuesday in September. More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day of 2012. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012.  In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day.
The deadline to register to vote in the midterm elections in Georgia is October 9th.  To make sure you are registered to vote, click this link.

Summerville Police Investigate Allegations Of Inappropriate Contact

The Summerville Police Department is investigating an incident reported by a mother of an eleven-year-old girl.  The girl’s mother claims that a man identified only as “Shane” has contacted the woman’s daughter and asked the child to meet him.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, the man met the girl first in a gold Toyota Camry with a spoiler on the back.  A second encounter happened and the man was in a black truck.  The suspect was seen videoing the girl.  A third time the man was in a red Nissan Altima.

The girl’s mother confronted the man who said that he was gay and was not “interested” in the girl.

The incidents were reported on McGinnis Circle in Summerville.


Summerville Woman Dies in Whitfield County Car Crash

A Summerville woman lost her life in a single-vehicle accident in Whitfield County on Sunday.

According to reports from Whitfield County, the accident happened on LaFayette Road in Dalton around 9 PM on Sunday evening.

Fifty-six-year-old Dayna Lawson died after her vehicle crashed, according to Whitfield County Coroner Greg Bates.

Dalton Daily Citizen

Trees Down - Power Outages From Monday Rains

Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia were inundated with rain on Monday with reports of rainfall between 2-4 inches in some areas. The heavy rains brought down  some trees around the county and caused power outages.

A dead pine tree fell across a power line on Highway 48 near Shinbone Valley Road on Monday afternoon.

A tree fell on Williams Road and blocked the road which is located between Beavers Road and Trion-Teloga Road.  The fallen tree caused a power outage for around 45 customers shortly before 10 PM on Monday evening.  As of 4 AM Tuesday morning, there were still 2 houses without power on Williams Road.

Georgia Power reported a large power outage affecting customers west of Menlo in the Shinbone Valley Road area and customers at Cloudland from the Cherokee County, Alabama line, up Highway 337 into Walker County.   Around 650 customers were without power from around 11:50 PM.

As of 4 AM Tuesday morning, Georgia Power was working to restore power to the areas of Menlo and Cloudland and estimated the power would be restored by 5 AM.  North Georgia EMC was still working to restore power to the 2 customers on Williams Road.


Gas Prices Edge Down Slightly

Gas prices edged lower last week. Sunday’s national average price of $2.85 per gallon was one-tenth of a cent less than the week before. However, the average American is still paying 27 cents per gallon more than this time last year.

Gas prices in Georgia declined 1-cent during the past week. Sunday’s state average of $2.71 per gallon is 1-cent more than a month ago and 3 cents more than this time last year.

“Even though oil prices rose last week, prices at the pump slipped lower because of declines in gasoline demand,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The latest figures from the EIA show weekly demand hitting 4-week lows. Combining this autumn trend with the recent switch to a cheaper-to-produce winter-blend gasoline, and prices at the pump could move even lower this fall. However, upward pressure persists due to concerns that there could be major crude supply challenges this fall, due to US-led sanctions against Iranian crude and sharp reductions in economically-stressed Venezuela.”

According to Gasbuddy.com, the cheapest price for gas in Chattooga County as of Monday evening was at Murphy USA at $2.58 per gallon.  In Walker County, you can find gas as cheap as $2.51 per gallon at several different stations.  Floyd County prices were around $2.60 per gallon. In Cherokee County, Alabama you can get gas for $2.45 per gallon at Grub Mart in Centre and in Fort Payne you can find gas as cheap as $2.42 per gallon.


Blue Cross - Redmond Contract Ends Sept. 30th

Unless an agreement can be reached before September’s end, Hospital Corporation of America facilities and physicians — including Redmond Regional Medical Center and Cartersville Medical Center — will be out of network for thousands of Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia members in the state.

The current three-year contract between HCA and BCBS (the latter of which is rebranding itself under the new name ‘Anthem’) expires this Sunday, Sept. 30. That means that as of Oct. 1, HCA facilities and physicians will be out-of-network and customers will have to pay more for services there, unless an agreement is reached.

“Our number one priority during these negotiations is to ensure consumers have access to quality health care that is affordable. We continue to actively negotiate with Hospital Corporation of America to reach an agreement that will retain them in our care provider network beyond Sept. 30,” said a representative of Anthem.

Representatives from Redmond Regional and Cartersville Medical Center both gave the same pre-written response that offered no new information.

Anthem has notified its members of the situation and set up a webpage with details and frequently asked questions.

Under the section titled “Why is this Happening?”, Anthem puts the blame on HCA demanding higher increases than other facilities. Anthem state, “t’s also part of our job to help manage rising health care costs. One study shows the average cost of health care for a typical family of four was nearly $27,000 in 2017, compared to $14,500 in 2007.”

Anthem also say that HCA is trying to make more money off BCBS patients’ plans than its competitors.

“At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, we believe in rewarding hospitals with reasonable increases – earned by delivering performance and quality. And most of the hospitals we work with are comfortable with that. But HCA is asking for more than similar hospitals in the area.”

What happens on Oct. 1 if no agreement is reached? Anthem will still be one of the largest health insurers in Georgia, and though some patients would hypothetically have to change doctors and service providers, they won’t have to look far.

“We are here for you, along with many high-quality providers in and around Georgia. You can find other providers in your plan online or by calling the Member Services number on your ID card.”

The website also states that if members are having a true emergency, they will have coverage at any hospital, just get to the nearest one. And if patients are in the middle of treatment with an HCA facility or physician, they may not have to switch but be able to work out a continuum of care plan.

For more information about possible impact to specific plans, click here: https://www.bcbsga.com/hca/

Read Natalie Simms’ full article at Hometown Headlines.

Storm Causes Outages for Residents in Cloudland, South of Alpine

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UPDATE: Georgia Power customers at Cloudland are still without power.  Georgia Power says that around 650 customers should have power restored around 4:45 AM this morning.  There are also around 46 customers in the Alpine area, south of Menlo without power who can expect power to be restored around 4:45 AM.


Due to heavy rain and thunder storms that began Monday night, nearly 700 Chattooga county residents may be experiencing power outages.

According to Georgia Power’s online outage map, nearly 650 Georgia Power customers in the Cloudland-Lookout Mountain area may be without power until at least 3 AM Tuesday morning.

Additionally, 40-odd customers south of the Alpine/Menlo area will be out of power indefinitely. For those residents, Georgia Power is currently still assessing the situation to give a projected restoration time.

To report an outage, visit this link, or if it is a dangerous/life-threatening condition, including downed power lines, call 1-888-891-0938 immediately.

Arrest Report - Monday - September 24, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, September 24, 2018:

Drug Task Force Agents & U.S. Marshals Arrest Missouri Murder Suspect in NW Georgia

Authorities from Missouri traveled to Northwest Georgia this past weekend to pick up a murder suspect that was discovered at an apartment in LaFayette late last week.

Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Commander Pat Doyle says that twenty-seven-year-old Anthony William Neill was located inside the Langley Apartments on South Main Street in LaFayette.  Drug Task Force Agents were assisting the United States Marshal’s Service in the apprehension of the suspect.

Neill was wanted in Boone County, Missouri on second-degree murder charges after being accused of shooting thirty-one-year-old Randall King, Jr. in late August.  Another suspect in that homicide was already in custody.

While making the arrest of Neill, Drug Task Force Agents also arrested fifty-year-old Roger Glenn Eaton and charged him with possession of methamphetamine.

(WQCH / Compiled Reports)